This past weekend, several area children took part in a free Musikgarten Nature’s Music virtual class. Many of the children who participated came from the Discovery School at Beechwood, where nature is an integral part of the curriculum. The aim of the class was to introduce families to CYM’s group offering for early learners, utilizing Musikgarten’s curricular emphasis on the natural world.
The adventure began with participants receiving a “Scavenger Hunt” checklist, which included such items as flowers, gardens, frogs, and worms. I collected photographs of each student’s “finds”, and was happy to hear of their excitement in discovering things on the list.
Along with the list, I included directions for leaf and bark rubbings, and a couple of families sent in pictures of their amazing designs!
Once the class began, we set off for a garden, where we found worms, webs, and flowers. Singing and movement were accompanied by photographs of each of the scavenger hunt items. For forty-five minutes we sang about and moved in the garden, and became worms, squirrels, and frogs! We learned a poem about a flower, which we “made” with our homemade scarves. We ended with all of our “found” instruments in a jam to Bluehill, and a dance called Underneath the Willow Tree. So thankful for my new friends who met me online for this beautiful, joyful time of music making and celebrating nature!